Stephan Vanfleteren was born in the Belgian city of Kortrijk in 1969. From 1988 to 1992, he studied photography at the Sint Lucas instituut in Brussels. He worked as a freelance photographer for the Belgian daily De Morgen from 1993 till 2009. In addition to his journalistic tasks, he was always working on personal projects. In recent years, he has worked on commissions from several museums, exhibited his work globally, and had his images published in foreign newspapers and magazines such as Le Monde (FR), De Volkskrant (NL), The New York Times (US), and De Standaard (BE).